Signing Day Capsule: Jake Hartbarger

Ohio punter brings booming leg to East Lansing as Mike Sadler's heir, but can he provide the same trick play abilities?

Jake Hartbarger – Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne punter

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Commitment date: September 25, 2013

The Skinny

Michigan State had Mike Sadler waiting in the wings after Aaron Bates graduated and has the same timeframe set up with Hartbarger. Sadler will be a senior next season and Hartbarger will redshirt behind him, just like Sadler did behind Bates.

Hartbarger brings a booming leg with impressive hangtime – and impressive size for a punter.

He was named Division 2 all-state in Ohio and was rated highly by Kohl's Kicking, earning a bid to the Under Armour All-American game – the lone Spartan commitment to take place in that particular game.

The real question: How many trick plays will Hartbarger master in his career? The bar has been raised by Sadler after Bates set it.

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